Street Market in Cork, Ireland

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The city of Cork is on the southwest shore of Ireland, and is the third city in importance in Ireland. It has a harbor in the river Lee large enough to float the British navy. The port of Queenstown is at the mouth of this harbor. Cork is a very old city. It was two hundred years old when the Danes captured it more than a thousand years ago. It was a walled city but in the 17th century the English destroyed the walls to keep the city from being strongly fortified. Back of Cork lies a good agricultural and stock raising country. Irish pork and beef, while limited in quantity, are prized for their flavor. Chickens, ducks and geese thrive under the care of the Irish housewives. These are brought in to the city market and sold. Potatoes furnish the chief food of the Irish people but here the great heaps of cabbages, turnips and other vegetables are seen. Notice the great baskets of fresh eggs. The baskets themselves are sold in large numbers, most of them made of willow from which the bark had been peeled. This is only a local market where the housewives of Cork buy their food fresh from the country. Great quantities of provisions, butter, eggs, livestock, and hides are shipped away. Tanning, liquor making, the manufacture of iron and of woolen goods are the chief industries in the city of Cork. Almost every woman we see here is wearing a warm woolen shawl, a very comfortable wrap indeed. These are types of the people of South Ireland. For centuries they have been under English rule. They are very dissatisfied and for many years have been trying to get home rule. Some of them want independence. Keystone ID: 12619 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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